Faculty and Staff

Teaching Faculty

Tito Akindele

Tito was born in London but grew up in Nigeria, where he had his elementary and secondary school education. He obtained a BSc in chemistry and an MSc in cancer cell and molecular biology from the University of Leicester. His undergraduate education involved a study-abroad year at the State University of New York at Buffalo. After PhD studies at Imperial College London and the University of Leeds, he worked at Kyoto University, Pfizer (Sandwich), RIKEN (Wako) and the University of Tsukuba. 

His research interests focus on the development of small-molecule modulators and probes of the protein-protein interactions involved in oncogenic, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases.

Professor Akindele can be contacted at: titoakindele at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

Naomi Berman

I am a youth sociologist researching a variety of contexts. More recently my work has been focused on informal learning spaces in higher education. My research as a youth sociologist has also allowed me to work on a wide range of topics involving young people, including: civic participation; technology and wellbeing; and, discourses of social entrepreneurship and change-making. At university, I teach courses on academic writing, sociology and social science topics, including quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methodologies in youth. I received my Ph.D. in 2009 from The University of Sydney, Australia.

Prior to joining The University of Tokyo, I was involved in government and private industry-funded research projects investigating topics such as cyber-bullying in schools, student leadership, peer-to-peer learning for sustainability, and media literacy for The Foundation for Young Australians (Melbourne, Australia). I worked as a Social and Field Research Manager at the BBC (London, UK), and a Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne (Australia), and have been Associate Editor of the UNESCO Observatory Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts e-Journal since its inception in 2007.

Here are the links to my website  and Google Scholar profile. You can also find me on Academia and ResearchGate.

Professor Berman can be contacted at: bermancgcs at gmail.com (adding @ where appropriate)

Anna Bordilovskaya

Anna Bordilovskaya obtained her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Kobe University. She holds a Masters degree, also in Linguistics, from Kobe University, and a Specialist Diploma in Linguistics and Language Education from the Far-Eastern State University of Humanities in Khabarovsk, Russia. Anna joined the ALESS Program in April 2019.

Professor Bordilovskaya can be contacted at: abordilovskaya at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

Alex Bueno

Alex Bueno holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from Harvard University, and joined the program in 2017.

Professor Bueno can be contacted at: alex.bueno at mail.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

Greg Dalziel

Greg Dalziel holds a Ph.D. from Keio University where his work focused on measuring social identities across time and at scale using text analysis. Subtantively, his work spans studies in political and social cognition, culture, identity, nationalism, and politics. Methodologically, his work uses large-scale text collections and computational tools, with an emphasis on automated textual analysis. Previously, he worked for a number of years as a researcher at a think tank in Singapore, where he focused on security policy issues. 

Professor Dalziel can be contacted at: gdalziel at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

Richard Dietz

Richard Dietz obtained his D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in Philosophy from the University of Oxford. He also holds a B.Phil. from the University of Oxford and an M.A. from Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen. Richard joined the ALESA Program in 2019.

Professor Dietz can be contacted at: richarddietz22 at gmail.com (adding @ where appropriate)

Erika D'Souza

Erika D’Souza holds a Ph.D. in English Renaissance Literature and the History of Art from the University of Arizona and joined the program as an ALESA instructor in 2022. She completed a M.A. in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and a B.A. in English and American Literature from the University of Kent, Canterbury.

Her research interests include gender studies, representations of masculinity, Shakespeare and adaptation studies, and recently, transgender characterisation in Early Modern drama.

Professor D’Souza can be contacted at: edsouza at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

James Ellinger

Dr. Ellinger became a member of the ALESS program in April 2015. He also teaches courses in the PEAK Environmental Sciences division.

During his Ph.D. research, Dr. Ellinger developed methods to profile metabolites in complex biological mixtures using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. This technology has applications for improving medical diagnoses, enhancing food safety, and developing next generation biofuels. During his postdoctoral research, he shifted his focus to synthetic biology. Within the realm of synthetic biology, he has been involved with research to engineer an artificial multi-species bacterial community, improve gene regulation in cyanobacteria, and mercury bioremediation using engineered Escherichia coli.

Dr. Ellinger is also interested in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. The iGEM competition is an international competition for (mostly) undergraduate university students interested in the field of synthetic biology. He has advised multiple iGEM teams since 2013 and currently advises the University of Tokyo iGEM team.

► B.A. in Biochemistry from the College of Wooster (2004)
► Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin (2012)
► Postodoctoral research – University of Minnesota, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.

Professor Ellinger can be contacted at: ellinger at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

Candler Hallman

Candler Hallman is an anthropologist interested in the cultural and cognitive dimensions of conflict resolution. In the late 2000s, he worked in conflict mediation and as a researcher with victims of political violence in Northern Ireland. His research has resulted in papers on the cognitive-linguistic dimensions of identity alignment as well as the psychological and cultural aspects of hope in situations of prolonged political dispute. He has also researched in educational anthropology, focusing on the interactive and cognitive practices involved in teacher collaboration and student feedback. He teaches scientific/humanities writing in the ALESS/ALESA Program and anthropology courses in the PEAK Program at the University of Tokyo. Additionally, he is Research Associate at the Peace Research Institute, International Christian University, where he lectures in Peace Studies.

Professor Hallman can be contacted at: challman at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

Natsuno Funada

Natsuno Funada obtained her D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in Education from the University of Oxford. She also holds an M.Sc. in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Oxford and an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Winona State University. She has taught Japanese and English in the U.S. and Japan before joining the ALESS/ALESA Program in 2020.

She is a researcher of Global Englishes, focusing on English language learners across the world. She is interested in developing a research instrument to capture learners’ complex attitudes towards the global use of English and exploring effective global approaches to language teaching in the 21st century.

Professor Funada can be contacted at: nfunada at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

Catherine Hansen

Catherine Hansen holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, an MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, and a BA in English from Duke University. Her research and teaching interests center in European modernist, avant-garde, and experimental literature, in particular international Surrealist networks and exhibitions. She has recently presented her work on surrealist tactics of “programmatic misapplication of attention” at the São Paulo Biennial (November 2018), and has published on the Bucharest surrealist group Infra Noir and other midcentury and/or contemporary surrealist groups (most recently in The International Encyclopedia of Surrealism [Bloomsbury, 2019]). She is also interested in, and has written on, Proust, dreams, and the literary genre of historiographic metafiction. Before joining the ALESS/ALESA program in 2017, she lived in Beirut, Lebanon.

Professor Hansen can be contacted at: cchansen1 at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate

Akiko Katayama

Akiko Katayama (片山晶子) earned her doctor’s degree in education from Temple University. Her master’s degree is in Teaching English to the Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Boston University, and her B.A. is in law from Waseda University. While she has been teaching English all her adult life, Dr. Katayama is also an active researcher in applied linguistics. She conducts research regarding English and English education in Japan in qualitative methods, mainly ethnographic and narrative approaches. In addition, Dr. Katayama recently started to collaborate with other researchers to do mixed-method studies about language education. She is also greatly interested in the philosophy of research, especially post-structuralism and postmodernism.

Akiko was born in Yamanashi Prefecture and grew up in Tokyo. In fact, she spent her childhood near the Komaba Campus. After studying in the United States, she returned to Japan and lived in Kobe for many years. Dr. Katayama’s first language is ‘Tokyo’ Japanese, but she has also acquired a great deal of the Kansai dialect by raising two native speakers of that particular variety of language. Though English is her second language, Dr. Katayama feels her first “academic” language is English.  


Professor Katayama can be contacted at: akatayama at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

Tomoko Kamishima

I returned to my native country after 30 years’ absence to join the ALESS program from April 2019. After finishing my PhD at the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Vermont (USA), I worked at the University of Glasgow, the University of Leicester, and the University of Liverpool (all UK). I am a trained electrophysiologist with particular interest in calcium channels, potassium channels and calcium homeostasis of vascular smooth muscle cells.

I would like to say to my students that, although writing scientific reports in English may seem daunting, being a native English speaker is not necessarily advantageous. If you have a logical mind and clear thinking, you will be able to communicate as well as anyone, and I am here to help you. 

Professor Kamishima can be contacted at: tkamishima at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

John Solomon Maninang

  • Food Science and Technology; Food Safety
  • Fruit Postharvest Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Allelopathy (plant-plant interactions)


My academic career began as a Food Technology undergraduate student of the University of the Philippines and continued as a graduate student of Food Science in the same university. I then joined the Philippine Ministry of Agriculture as a Research Specialist in charge of formulating internationally-harmonized standards on food safety. In 2007, I came to Japan as a Monbukagakusho scholar and joined the Pomology and Post-harvest Physiology Laboratory of the University of Tsukuba where I obtained my Ph.D. In a nutshell, my Ph.D. research provided the biochemical basis for the 250 year-old on the risky, or at times lethal, interaction of combined durian (fruit) and alcohol intake. I was then hired as post-doctoral scientist at the International Agro-Biological Resources Laboratory, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT). Here, I have characterized the role of UV-A on the biochemical mechanism behind the growth-inhibiting property of cyanimide, a natural plant compound, on other plants.

Basically, I am a food and postharvest scientist who is adept at scientific communication especially in the field of life and environmental sciences. Aside from the published papers I have authored, I have assisted researchers and graduate students publish scientific findings in internationally-refereed journals. I have coached professional researchers in science presentation, and taught speech communication to senior high school science students. Equipped with expertise and experience, my goal as a Project Assistant Professor is to introduce and guide science students of Tokyo University through the satisfying experience of scientific writing and presentation in the ALESS program.  

Professor Maninang can be contacted at: jmaninang at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

John Pazdziora

John Patrick Pazdziora holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of St Andrews. He joined the ALESA program in 2019. He researches Scottish literature in the long nineteenth century, especially the interplay between literature and religion. His work has appeared in various journals, including Literature and Theology and Jeunesse. He is the author of Haunted Childhoods in George MacDonald (Brill, 2020). Current research includes a JSPS-funded project on how portrayals of disability in Victorian children’s literature function as a form of theological discourse.

Professor Pazdziora can be contacted at: jpazdziora at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate).

Graham Peebles

Graham Peebles obtained a PhD in Philosophy from Glasgow University, and joined the ALESS program in 2020.


Professor Peebles can be contacted at: gpeebles at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

Raquel Moreno-Peñaranda

Raquel Moreno-Peñaranda holds a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California (Berkeley), and joined the program as an ALESS instructor in 2016.

Professor Moreno-Peñaranda can be contacted at: unitokyormp at gmail.com (adding @ where appropriate)

Jesús Pulido Arcas

Jesús Pulido Arcas obtained his Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Seville, where he also obtained his M.Sc. and Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Jesús joined the ALESS Program in April 2019.

Professor Pulido Arcas can be contacted at: jpulido at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

Elisa Ruiz Tada

Elisa Ruiz Tada obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. She holds a Masters in Cognitive Science and Languages from the University of Barcelona, and a Master of Science in Animal Biology from Leiden University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Elisa joined the ALESS Program in April 2019.

Professor Ruiz Tada can be contacted at: eruiztada at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

Ryan Seddon

Ryan joined the ALESS/ALESA program in September 2017 after completing his Ph.D. in Physiology, from Indiana State University. He has taught a wide range of subjects in the sciences, including Basic Science and Anatomy. Building upon his Masters in Zoology from Middle Tennessee State University, his research examined selection at the interface between physiology and evolution with a focus on identification of selection pressures. During his doctorate career, he became a scientist for animal welfare and conservation working in conjunction with local conservationists to examine environment effects on vertebrates. His current research interests aim at gaining a better understanding of the interactions between the environment and wildlife in Japan.

Professor Seddon can be contacted at: rseddon at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

Manuel Senna

Manuel Senna IV obtained a Ph.D. in Education with a specialty in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition Studies from the University of California (Davis). He also holds a Masters in TESOL and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from California State University, Sacramento. Manuel joined the ALESS/ALESA program in 2021.

Professor Senna can be contacted at: msenna at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

Liz Shek-Noble

Liz Shek-Noble holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Sydney. She joined the ALESS program in 2021. Her research areas include literary and media disability studies, contemporary literature, and literary bioethics. Some of her recent publications have focused on challenges to the Great Australian Novel by Indigenous Australian writers; communication and "vulnerability" in disasters; film and television adaptations of contemporary Australian novels; and media framing of disability employment in Japan

Professor Shek-Noble can be contacted at: shek-noble at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

Aurora Tsai

Dr. Aurora Tsai is from the USA, growing up in Ohio and Maryland. She received her MA in Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and her PhD in Second Language Acquisition at Carnegie Mellon University. While pursuing various research projects, she has taught academic English at various places, including Japan, Hawaii, Qatar, and Pennsylvania (USA).

Her research currently focuses on the intersections of race, language, and identity, and its applications towards language education and policy. In her most recent project, she looks at how raciolingistic ideologies equating race and language influence the identity development of mixed race and mixed heritage individuals.

Professor Tsai can be contacted at: amtsai at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

Alexandra Terashima

I completed my Ph.D. in Genetics at Harvard University and hold a B.S. in Biology from the University of New Hampshire. My graduate research focused on regulation of gene expression during early embryo development using zebrafish as a model organism. As a graduate student I was increasingly interested in scientific writing and science communication, in particular how to help scientists communicate about their research findings to the general public. After a brief postdoc at the Laboratory of Embryology at University of Tokyo, I worked at RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Saitama as an in-house editor and science communicator where I had a chance to help scientists improve their writing as well as to promote the research of the institute to the global community. I joined the ALESS/ALESA Program in September 2015.

Professor Terashima can be contacted at: aterashima at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

Eric Vanden Bussche

Eric Vanden Bussche obtained his Ph.D. in History from Stanford University. He also holds an M.A. in Journalism from Columbia University, an M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Chinese History from Peking University, and a B.A. in History from the University of Sao Paulo. His current research, funded by a two-year JSPS (KAKEN) grant, examines the relationship between pluralistic legal practices, colonialism, and the formation of identities along China’s borderlands from the late nineteenth century until 1940. He has been with the ALESA Program since April 2019.

Professor Vanden Bussche can be contacted at: vandenbussche at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

Ian Wash

Ian Wash holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Nottingham. He also has an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His academic work encompasses two distinct yet compatible disciplines: politics and applied linguistics. His interdisciplinary research explores the relationship between language and politics by using discourse analysis to understand and resolve policy dilemmas. He has extensive experience of teaching English for Academic Purposes, as well as Content and Language Integrated Learning courses that enable students to develop English proficiency through learning about global political issues. He joined the ALESS/ALESA Program in April 2022.

Professor Wash can be contacted at: ianwash at g.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp (adding @ where appropriate)

Administrative Staff

Satoko Urushibara

Satoko Urushibara is the CGCS office manager. She was born in Tottori prefecture, and has lived for a number of years in London and Seoul.

Hiromi Arai

Hiromi Arai was born in Tokyo, and holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies.

Tomoko Okano

Tomoko is from Osaka and has lived in Los Angeles and Singapore. She holds a diploma in piano performance.